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The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012

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December 21, 2012. The Internet, bookshelves, and movie theaters are full of prophecies, theories, and predictions that this date marks the end of the world, or at least the end of the world as we know it. Whether the end will result from the magnetic realignment of the north and south poles, bringing floods, earthquakes, death, and destruction; or from the return of alien ...more
Nook, 190 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by University Press of Colorado (first published October 15th 2009)
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Woodall
Feb 11, 2011 Woodall rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book examines the West’s fascination of cultures that are not inherently their own. Aveni explores the underlining need to belong and the feeling of belonging; that which is intrinsic to humanity. He begins the book with a brief Mayan history. The author warns that Western eyes view with Western beliefs and interpretations. He stresses that we cannot manipulate our research of a foreign culture into a concept that fits our understanding. We must search for truth in order to understand the c ...more
Audrey
There’s been quite a bit of buzz about the so called Mayan Apocalypse, rumored to take place on December 21, 2012. As the date draws nearer, more and more sites appear discussing the event on the internet, and the theories of what this means for mankind grow stranger and stranger. Understandably, all of this chatter can really frighten those who read it and don’t know what to make of it all. This serves as the impetus for Aveni’s book: a young man, disturbed by the 2012 hype, begins an email cor ...more
Caroline
Acclaimed archaeoastronomer demystifies cataclysmic speculation, notes American history of fascination.



Aveni concisely explains ancient Maya beliefs, related modern-day predictions of catastrophe, and current astronomical evidence. Even more compelling are his thoughts on why our society is so interested in this particular ancient calendar. What needs do we have that we look to this corner of Earth's history to fulfill?
J.S. Dunn
A concise and comprehensive analysis of the current "Y2012" theories based on a best-fit-with-the-evidence approach. His discussions of why various cultures use[d] a deep time concept, and of why certain cultures postulate a cataclysmic event as the ultimate ending, are quite interesting.
secondwomn
a nice blend of science and cultural studies. aveni takes up the most popular theories about 2012 as they relate to the "end" of the maya calendar and examines them in the light of archaeological and astronomical understandings.
Kat Davis
While this book appears well researched It preys on some people's obsessions with the end of the world. An interesting read and analysis but not really my cup of tea.
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